Ronald Charles Hopple

Ronald Charles Hopple, 81, of Clear Lake City, TX passed away on October 23rd, 2022, peacefully in his sleep.  Ronald was born to Charles and Mae Hopple in Harrisburg, PA on March 7th, 1941. He grew up in his hometown of Williamstown, PA, graduating from Williamstown High School in 1959.  While growing up in Williamstown he played football in school and was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Ron joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school in 1959.  During his active-duty career, he was Expeditionary Forces into the Congo, a Combat Marine in Vietnam, Marine Detachment Gunnery Sergeant aboard the USS Little Rock, 6th Fleet Flagship ported out of Gaeta, Italy, and numerous other posts until 1970.  During his post to Trinidad, British West Indies, Ron met and married the love of his life, Madge Carter in 1962 and later had two sons, Duane and Christopher.

While serving in Vietnam, Ron received the Purple Heart after being injured in combat.  He received numerous medals, ribbons, and citations during his distinguished Marine career. After leaving active duty, he continued as a Marine Reservist based out of Philadelphia Naval Yard, Philadelphia, PA for about 8 years.

After leaving the Marines, Ron joined Gulf Oil in Philadelphia, PA in 1970, starting his next career in the oil industry. His oil career took off, taking him and the family overseas once again, to Saudi Arabia with Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) where he was a Supervisor at Berri NGL gas plant.  After leaving ARAMCO, he returned to the United States with his family.  Ron became a Commissioning/Decommissioning Specialist for such companies as KBR, Haliburton, and many others which once again had him travelling the world until he retired in 2012.

While living in Clear Lake City, TX, Ron joined the Knights of Columbus St. Bernadette Council 10959.  Ron became a 4th Degree Knight and was a charter member of Fr. Titus Brandsma Assembly 2772.  He served as Commander of the 4th Degree for many years as well as held the office of Trustee.  He later moved to Mary Queen Council 8494.  As a Knight of Columbus, Ron served on many committees for both the Council and Assembly.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mae Hopple.  Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Madge Hopple; son Duane Hopple and his wife Keri; son Christopher Hopple and his wife Laurie; and grandson Seth Hopple.

Semper Fidelis “Gunny”

There will be a visitation and rosary from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home 111 E. Medical Center Boulevard, Webster, TX 77598 on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022.  A Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Mary Queen Catholic Church 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 on Friday, November 4th, 2022.  Immediately following the Mass there will be a reception in the Parish Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Wreaths Across America Houston.


  1. Miss you dad! You were the greatest dad a son could every want. You were my rock, mentor, role model, and hero. I am the man I am because of your shining example. You served your country, family, and church very well. The world is an emptier place without you in it. Rest well and when my day comes we will be reunited again. I love you dad!

    Duane Hopple (son)
  2. My dearest Ron,

    I will miss you terribly as you have been the love of my life and my rock for 60 years and I could not have asked for a better more caring husband. We shared a deep faith and many wonderful opportunities in our lives.

    May Jesus hold you in the palm of his hands.

    Rest In Peace my love!

    Your loving wife Madge

    Madge Hopple
  3. Ms. Madge, Duane and Keri-
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time and in the months ahead.
    Reach out and know the sando of time will reunite you at heaven’s gate.
    The Thompsons / Barry and Kay DH 78

    Kay Thompson
  4. My dearest Ron,

    I miss you terribly as you have been the love of my life and my rock for 60 years and I could not have asked to a better more caring husband.

    We shared a deep faith and many opportunities in our lives.

    May Jesus hold you in the palm of his hands.

    Rest In Peace my love.

    Your loving wife, Madge

    Madge Hopple
  5. If you know a man who stands tall, see how high he can reach. If you watch how high he can reach, watch how gently he holds. If you watch how gently he holds, listen to how well he teaches. If you listen to how well he teaches, see how high he will soar. If you see how high he soars, raise your eyes in praise. Count yourself very lucky to know such a man. Take a piece of that Goodness and treasure it and make yourself that much better. Thank you Ron Hopple for the treasures.

    A Lucky Man
  6. My heartfelt condolences to Madge, Duane & Keri. Find comfort and peace in knowing you will meet again.

    Brenda & Bob Garner
  7. Madge,
    There are no words I could use to help fill the void you must be experiencing. So I earnestly pray for God’s provision in filling that space with the most joyful memories of your precious Ron. There will be days of sadness, for our sovereign Lord knows that all to well Himself. So I will pray for your heart be filled with His joy during those times… for there will come a time for you two love birds to reunite.

    Duane & Chris,
    Your dad lived a full life and no doubt touched the lives of soooo many. I will forever remember his smile, his kindness and his sweet spirit. He has always set a great example for you two to be the best men, husband, friend, boss, coworker, and mentor you could be. He also set a great example of a grace filled life. Knowing all the horror he saw those years of combat and still being able to have the blessed life he did… there’s no doubt he understood the power of grace and forgiveness. We are all better people because of men like your father being a part of our lives.

    Your family will forever be special to me.
    Much love to you all!

    Tory F.
  8. An officer and a gentleman. Brian and I send our condolences to Madge and all the family, Sixty years married will have made many, many memories but we know his passing will leave a big void in all your lives. RIP Ron, you will be missed.

    Irene Dean
  9. My deepest condolences to Madge, Duane, Chris and families. We were heartbroken to hear of Ron’s passing. How blessed you were Madge to have 60 years with Ron. Those wonderful memories will get you through the days ahead.
    We were so blessed to meet you all and become friends in Saudi Arabia. Just know that I am a phone call away. Again we are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for you and your family. God bless, love Jean

    JEAn Rigney
  10. Rest in Peace Brother Knight. You’ve done many great things during your lifetime.
    You will be missed and your legacy will live on forever.

    To Madge, Duane, and the Family, our deepest thoughts are with you all as you pass through the hardest time of your life. Don’t lose hope God has the best plan for each one of us.

    Edgar and Ellen Aguilar
  11. Ronald was such a wonderful man! We will miss his smile, humor and zest for life! He was such a loving man to Madge and made her so happy. As friends of the Hopple family and a closer relationship with Ron’s son Duane, I know that he passed on all of his unique and incredible qualities to his boys. We share our deepest sympathies to Madge, Duane and Chris. We especially salute Ron for all of his military endeavors, accolades and as a veteran myself, I am sending you a big salute Ron and want to thank you for your many years of service!

    Madge, although Ron is gone physically, his love and heart will always be with you as you grieve and continue here on earth. Love you!

    Duane, I shed some tears when you told me the news, but please know that your father was an incredible man! Like father, like son! Love you brother.

    Ron, may you Rest in Peace and look down upon Madge and your boys knowing that you did an incredible job as a husband, father and Marine! I will give you another salute when I see you again above. Until then, keep things safe up there for us and know you will never be forgotten, but always in our thoughts and hearts.

    Del and Elaine Husted
  12. Dear “Family”
    We wish you the comfort of prayers in faith and the Loving care of our Lord. May the life Ron lived be a standard for all who knew him.
    We knew and cared for him. Madge, Duane, Chris and families God Bless.


    Albert and Karen Fallon

  13. Best Gunny I ever served under!

    Larry McKay, Sgt USMC
  14. Thank you for being one of the best friends and mentor one could ever have

    John pelz
  15. Somehow I am just now learning of this. Frank and I send our thoughts and prayers. We remember your wonderful boys and the times we all shared with the “RC” Catholic Community in Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia. We were all blessed to have had the opportunity to worship together and have so many memories of those years of our lives. Madge now that I have your phone number, I will be in touch. Please do not hesitate to pickup the phone to call if you need to talk. . I know that you will have to try to adjust to Ron not being with you in person now but remember he is still here in your memories. Talk to him, he will know and you will feel his closeness.
    May God Bless You and your family in the weeks ahead.

    Laura Pavlat
  16. Along with your family, the Family 0r Lima 3/7 will miss Ronald also.
    Ron’s tour of Duty is over on earth & he will be meet at Heavens Gates by his Brother’s
    Are Deepest Prayers & Respect to the Hopple Family
    LIMA 3/7 USMC

    Ron Wieglenda

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